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2010 All-NFC East Team

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Jonathan Bales

Offense

  • Quarterback: Michael Vick (PHI)

This is a no-brainer.  Vick’s ability to spin the football and beat defenses with his legs makes him the most dangerously versatile quarterback in the NFL in years.

  • Running Back:  LeSean McCoy (PHI)

McCoy isn’t your “prototypical” running back (whatever that means), but his 78 receptions were huge for the Eagles’ offense.  He’s also quite underrated in pass protection.

  • Wide Receiver:  Hakeem Nicks (NYG)

Before the season, Giants fans claimed Nicks compared favorably to Miles Austin.  I disagreed, but now there is certainly room for debate.

  • Wide Receiver:  DeSean Jackson (PHI)

Jackson is a big-play threat so he has the potential to put up “duds” if he doesn’t catch a deep pass.  He also has the ability to absolutely demolish your defense with 204 yards on four receptions.

  • Wide Receiver: Miles Austin (DAL)

Despite a general consensus that Austin had a down year, he still racked up over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns.  The only other receiver worth mentioning here would be Jeremy Maclin, although Dez Bryant will soon join this list.

  • Tight End: Jason Witten (DAL)

Witten’s league-leading stats returned once Dez Bryant went down, but he also improved as a blocker as the season progressed.  He still has a couple great years left in him.

  • Offensive Tackle: Doug Free (DAL)

Jerry Jones probably missed on Alan Ball at free safety, but he hit on Free at left tackle.  Free’s quickness and athleticism are perfect for an evolving Cowboys offense.

  • Offensive Tackle:  David Diehl (NYG)

Diehl played in only 12 games, but he was far superior than the overrated Jason Peters.

  • Guard:  Chris Snee (NYG)

Snee is by far the best guard in this division, and he has been for years.

  • Guard:  Max Jean-Gilles (PHI)

Jean-Gilles struggled in the early part of his career but has come on of late.  He benefited here from playing in a division weak on guards.

  • Center: Andre Gurode (DAL)

Gurode wins this spot by default because the Eagles and Redskins have sub-par centers and the Giants’ Shaun O’Hara played in only six games.

Defense

  • Defensive Tackle:  Barry Cofield (NYG)

54 tackles is a lot from the defensive tackle position, but Cofield’s presence also allows the defensive ends outside to rush upfield.

  • Defensive Tackle:  Jay Ratliff (DAL)

It was certainly a down year for Ratliff, but he was still an above-average player.  Plus, who else is going to go here?  Albert Haynesworth?

  • Defensive End:  Trent Cole (PHI)

In my opinion, Cole is one of the most underrated players in the entire NFL.  He’s consistently a terror in the passing game, but he’s equally stout against the run.

  • Defensive End:  Justin Tuck (NYG)

While teammate Osi Umenyiora is a pass-rush specialist, Tuck racked up 30 more tackles and the same number of sacks by being a complete player.

  • Outside Linebacker:  DeMarcus Ware (DAL)

The NFL’s sack leader (15.5) had a “quiet” season.  How is that for dominance?

  • Outside Linebacker:  Brian Orakpo (WSH)

Although Orakpo took a bit of a step back from his rookie season, he still totaled 8.5 sacks and 56 tackles.

  • Middle Linebacker:  London Fletcher (WSH)

Every season, it seems like Fletcher’s play must drop.  The 35-year old racked up 136 tackles in 2010, though, ranking seventh in the NFL.

  • Cornerback:  DeAngelo Hall (WSH)

I still think Hall is overrated, but overrated doesn’t always equate to being a poor player.  Hall’s interceptions weren’t a fluke in 2010–he really did cover quite well.

  • Cornerback:  Terrell Thomas (NYG)

Thomas is truly incredibly underrated.  He picked off five passes this year and made a ridiculous 101 tackles at cornerback.

  • Safety:  Antrel Rolle (NYG)

I’m not incredibly high on Rolle, but there simply aren’t that many great safeties in this division.

  • Safety:  Quintin Mikell (PHI)

LaRon Landry is also an option here, but Mikell tallied more tackles and interceptions (albeit in more games).

Special Teams

  • Kicker:  David Akers (PHI)

Who did you expect to see, David Buehler?

  • Punter: Mat McBriar (DAL)

McBriar’s net punt average of 41.7 is a career-high.

  • Returner: DeSean Jackson (PHI)

Jackson’s explosion makes him one of the elite return men in the NFL.

Total Players

DAL: 7

NYG:  7

PHI:  8

WSH: 3

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5 Responses to 2010 All-NFC East Team

  1. VINCE GREY says:

    Not bad at all. Can’t really argue with your selections and reasoning. I started to throw in Bradshaw of the Giants as the RB, because he had a better rushing number, (McCoy-1,080, AB-1,235. In today’s game, with the rules and the 16 game schedule, I personally use 1,200 yards as my bottom number for a RB to have a “1,000 yard season” and 1,500 for a back to have a “great” season.) but McCoy had slightly better yards from scrimmage numbers, and more significantly, had only 2 fumbles compared to 7 by Bradshaw.

    BTW, did you see the top RB’s and their YPC averages? Whow.

    Of the RB’s who rushed for at least 800 yards, 5, count `em, 5 had YPC averages 5.0 or better, and really 6 if you fudge a hair, because Arian Foster had a 4.9.

    Wasn’t that long ago when anything over 4.0 was very good, 4.5 was great, and 5.0 was awesome. Jammal Charles’ was 6.4! That’s ridiculous.

    All this passing is opening up the running lanes as defenses get smaller and quicker to compensate, but I still think the main reason is such gawd-awful tackling.

  2. Nick says:

    Pretty good as a whole, but I have some disagreements. I watched some Giants games where David Diehl was a complete liability. Peters is overrated, but I think he had a better year than Diehl. And what about Kareem McKenzie? From what I gather he was absolutely dominant.

    Also, what about Asante Samuel? He missed a few games, but was lock-down whenever he played this year.

    Bleh. That was all difficult to say.

  3. Trent says:

    I don’t know where else to post this:

    Nnamdi Asomugha is a free agent.

    The Cowboys need a corner.

    JJ has a history of paying big bucks to get the best DB in football.

    Picking at 9 might not get us Peterson or Amukamara.

    Fingers crossed.

  4. Vince–Awesome point, and I think it’s why you’re seeing backs like Bradshaw, McCoy, CJ, and Charles flourish. Felix Jone is KIND OF in that mold, but it sure would be nice to bring in a Reggie Bush/LeSean McCoy-type player who can do a bunch of different things to take advantage of defenses ready to defend the pass.

    Nick–Fair points. Samuel was next up, but he still gambles too much for my liking. He’s also clearly the worst tackling player in the NFL.

  5. Trent–I’ve seen some rumors of the Cowboys being interested in Nnamdi. I’m 50/50 on it. Clearly he’s one of the top CBs in football, but he’s also aging and would require big bucks. That would eliminate the chance to get impact FAs at other spots, like RT or DE. Also, this CB class in incredibly deep, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see a guy like Janoris Jenkins drop to Dallas’ second pick. Don’t get me wrong–I absolutely love Nnamdi–but the ‘Boys need to make sure they can still fill other holes if they bring him in.

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